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From time to time, Riptide will put out special calls for submissions to themed collections. Short stories, novelettes, and novellas in a themed collection will be branded and marketed together and sold in three ways:
As individual ebooks. Each story in a themed collection will receive its own unique cover and can be purchased on its own.
As a collection of ebooks. Readers may purchase every story in a themed collection at a significant discount off the total cover price. For instance, if a collection contains five novelettes priced at $2.99 apiece, we might offer all five novelettes together for $9.99.
- As a traditional print anthology. Three to six months after the ebook release of a themed collection, all stories in the collection will be compiled into a single trade paperback anthology.
Novels in a themed collection will be branded and marketed together, and sold individually in ebook and print. Novels in a themed collection may be sold bundled at a discount, but this depends on a number of factors.
You do not need an invitation to submit to an open collection. In fact, if your story is accepted into one of our collections, you never need an invitation to submit to us again—you'll be part of the Riptide family and can pitch your editor at any time.
Warriors of Rome
Help us launch our Historical Warriors line with gay and trans stories about warriors during the time of the Roman Empire. Stories can focus on Rome (from the Eternal City to its provinces), or on Rome’s enemies. Explore barracks life with Roman Legionnaires and their officers, or follow Germanic tribes and Gauls as they rise up against the invaders. Let us fight alongside the Persians and Carthaginians, or join forces as auxiliaries and allies with the glory of Rome.
Of course, soldiers weren’t the only ones to take up arms. Gladiators fought and often died for the entertainment of the masses. So too did slaves to earn their freedom, and simple farmers to protect their land against the Roman invaders. We’d love to hear their stories, as well.
We’re seeking historicals for this call, which means research is crucial. Our editors will only select stories that are faithful to the period in which they are set. If you use paranormal elements or magical realism, be sure they fit into the time period; conquerors and conquerees alike have their superstitions, of course, and we welcome those elements as secondary—but not primary—foci in your submissions. All levels of eroticism are welcome and erotic content is encouraged, but sex is no substitute for the plot, character, and worldbuilding we’re seeking for this call.
Length: 25,000 to 100,000+
Genres: Historical (some supernatural elements allowed)
Heat Levels: Any. Kink is most welcome.
Orientation: Gay or trans
Submissions Due: May 15, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: July 1, 2012 for novellas, July 15, 2012 for novels
Anticipated Release Date: December 2012
Well-Suited: Blood in the Boardroom
Spare a thought for those who really suffered during the financial crisis: investment bankers, traders, and high-powered CEOs in their tailored suits.
Few things are as fierce as a young banker clawing his way up, and there’s no telling what he’ll do for the deal or the promotion or his seven-figure bonus. Give us a glimpse into the world of boardroom politics. Show us how they relieve the stress of their of power and responsibility. Backstabbing, quickies in the copy-room, veiled barbs over the water cooler . . . show us your meanest, most devious alphas playing for power, money—or more.
Length: 15,000 to 100,000 words
Genres: Contemporary, historical (18th century forward), near-future. Urban fantasy is a possibility, but be prepared to wow us.
Heat Levels: At least one explicit scene required. More is welcome as serves the story. Kink is most welcome.
Orientation: Gay, bi, or trans*. We are eager to see strong female protagonists in the man's world of the boardroom.
Submissions Due: July 15, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: September 1, 2012 for novellas, September 15, 2012 for novels.
Anticipated Release Date: February, 2013
On the Frontier
From Farscape to Deadwood, Firefly to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s epic Darkover series, little inspires our imaginations—and our passions—more than a frontier. Colony ships, space stations, the Wild West, the Australian gold rush, the uncharted oceans . . . wherever and whenever your characters may be, they are many and varied, intimately entwined, and utterly dependent on one another for survival. Big casts, nosy neighbors, lawmen who make their own laws, corrupt officials, whole cities cut off from the higher powers—and the niceties and conveniences—of civilization.
Show us your best, your worst, your most difficult, your most exciting. Bring us the excitement of new worlds and the drudgery of deprivation and isolation. Past or future, real or speculative, bring us gossip and backstabbing, teamwork and revelation, good guys versus bad guys and man versus the untamed wilds. And whatever you do, bring us there with you in full color—engage our senses and our imaginations.
Length: 20,000 to 100,000+ words
Genres: Romance and/or erotica in the following sub-genres: paranormal, horror, western, space opera or epic, historical, contemporary, fantasy, mystery, thriller, near-future, drama, alternate history. Will consider others; please query first.
Heat Levels: Any for romance. Hot for erotica.
Ending: HEA or HFN for romance. Any for erotica.
Orientation: Gay, bi, or trans*. Lesbian characters are welcome in the ensemble but should not be the primary relationship in the story.
Submissions Due: August 15, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: October 1, 2012 for novellas, October 15, 2012 for novels.
Anticipated Release Date: April, 2013
Working for the Enemy: Prisoners of War
Whether captured in battle or plucked off the field by an invading army, protagonists in this submission call have been uprooted by war and forced to work for the enemy. They may be tending the enemy's livestock, making goods, or providing services—all under guard, of course, to prevent escape or sabotage behind enemy lines. Such tasks may break the monotony of imprisonment, or breed bitter resentment, or both.
Thoughts of home may be still-bleeding wound or a distant memory. Cut off from family and friends, prisoners of war find solace where they may: with a fellow prisoner—or even with the enemy. Many dangers await: losing hope, leaking information (by torture or more subtle means), punishment for a foiled escape, perhaps even Stockholm Syndrome or genuine star-crossed love. Once you’ve served the enemy, can you ever truly come home?
Length: 15,000 to 100,000+ words
Genres: Any subgenre of erotica and/or romance. Literary fiction will also be considered.
Heat Levels: Any
Orientation: Gay, bi, or trans*
Editor's Note: Given the nature of this call, we understand that rape or torture may play a (potentially quite significant) role in your story. Please do not feel the need to censor yourself; we ask only that such acts, if graphically depicted, are clearly necessary to the integrity of the story or character journey. However, please refrain from our standard list of no-nos: sex with non-animated corpses (vampires etc. are fine), sex with underage characters, sex with non-sentient beings (shifter sex in shifted form is fine), and scat play.
Submissions Due: September 15, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: Nov 1, 2012 for novellas, Nov 15, 2012 for novels.
Anticipated Release Date: May, 2013
At World's End
Where will you be when the world ends, and how will it happen? Old standbys like zombies, a super-flu, aliens, an asteroid, or even the Rapture? Mayan gods (who knows, maybe we counted wrong!), super-heating of the earth’s core, nuclear annihilation, worldwide infertility, a black hole in the Hadron Collider? There are so many ways for life—and perhaps even the Earth—as we know it to cease, but what we want to know is what happens after.
Do your characters hole up with shotguns in the mountains? Hunker down in an underground CDC base to find a cure? Maybe martial law reigns supreme, or the survivors band together to create a new form of government (or resurrect an old one). Do a lucky few get to live on beneath the sea or in space on the hunt for New Earth? Does the world begin again?
Sure, the end of the world is an unpleasant place, but we’re looking for sparks of light amidst the misery. Show us survival, resilience, laughter, love. Show us the dark things too—it’s tough out there, after all, and even the best among us may do things we’re not proud of to survive—but give us romance, and hope, and the promise of a bright new day at the end of the journey.
Length: 25,000 to 100,000+ words
Genres: Romance in the following subcategories: urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, contemporary, near-future, sci-fi, thriller, mystery, alternate history. Non-romances with strong romantic elements are also acceptable. Unlisted genres will be considered as long as the story is set on Earth; please query first.
Heat Levels: Any
Ending: HEA or HFN
Orientation: Gay, bi, or trans*. Lesbian characters are most welcome in your ensembles, but should not be the the primary romantic interests.
Submissions Due: November 1, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: January 15, 2013 for novellas, February 1, 2013 for novels.
Anticipated Release Date: July, 2013
Remaking the World: 1939 to 1945
We're seeking well-researched historicals set during the Second World War, a time of unprecedented upheaval and change. Maps all over the world were re-drawn, usually by force, and enemies worldwide fought to the death under the waves, on the oceans, on land, and in the air.
But not all conflicts were open or even hot. From the race to crack enemy codes to misleading by trickery and camouflage, the conflicts encompassed the battlefield and well beyond. This call is focused on the time, the mood, the culture of WWII, but takes no preference for location. We encourage you to explore the less-obvious places and themes, as long as you stay close to the history and spirit of the times. From the Finnish-Russian Winter War to Slim’s campaigns against the Japanese, from German U-Boats to colonial soldiers serving in Africa or any other nation’s home front, tell us stories set between 1939 and 1945.
Length: 35,000 to 100,000+ words
Genres: Historical romance, erotica, or literature. Some paranormal elements or magical realism will be considered, but be prepared to wow us.
Heat Levels: Any
Orientation: Gay, bi, or trans*
Submissions Due: Feb 1, 2013
Acceptance Letters Sent By: Mar 15, 2013 for novellas, April 1, 2013 for novels
Anticipated Release Date: December, 2013
Love for Sale (This call is now closed)
Sexual service for hire is the stuff of some of our naughtiest fantasies, be it with a $10 street rat or a $1,000-an-hour elite escort. As long as there’s been sex there’s been sex for sale, and this collection will explore the depth and breadth of the characters and the worlds in which you can find it. Got a boy working for passage to the New World on a 17th century tall ship? Or maybe one in the contemporary slums of Brazil, working for the hope of a better life? A sexy sci-fi cyborg who dreams of the world outside his programming? Or maybe a Roman slave, taking jobs on the side to save for his freedom? No matter the genre, the ending (HEA, HFN, or dark and darker), the orientation (gay or trans), or the heat level (erotica, romance, or anywhere in between), if you have a rentboy’s story to tell, we want to read it!
Length: 10,000 to 15,000 words -OR- 25,000 to 35,000 words -OR- 50,000+ words
Heat Levels: Any
Orientation: Gay or trans
Submissions Due: January 1, 2012
Acceptance Letters Sent By: February 15, 2012 for novelettes and novellas, March 1, 2012 for novels
All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following submission package to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A query letter containing the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph "sales pitch" (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); and a brief history of your publication, if any.
A two- to three-page synopsis of your story from start to finish. Do not leave out the ending!
- Your completed manuscript.
Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files. We have no specific formatting requirements, but please be sensible and remember that if the editor has a hard time reading your submission, he or she simply won't.
You'll receive an automated email confirming our receipt of your submission. Due to the large volume of submissions anticipated, we regret to say rejections cannot be personalized. If your story is rejected, please do not write the editor asking why; such emails will not be answered.
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